In Tower of London by WizKids players will compete for victory by collecting ravens, dispatching Beefeaters, and fighting to control the tower. The game is designed by Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer, and supports 3-5 players with a play time of about 45 minutes.
In Tower of London, on each turn, players play two cards: the first card determines which building their Beefeater (guard) goes into, and the second card has a special power that triggers from the perspective of the Beefeater just placed.
At the end of a round, certain areas of the tower are scored based on who controls the majority of buildings by having the most Beefeaters in each. The game is over at the end of three rounds or when a player collects 7 ravens, in which case the game ends immediately.
Releasing in April, Tower of London is available for pre-order today. For additional information, please visit the WizKids Tower of London web page.
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Phalanx Games has announced the 20th anniversary edition of Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, including the Hamilcar: First Punic War expansion. Hannibal is an award winning 2 player card based war game from designer Mark Simonitch. In Hannibal, players use multifunctional cards to gain both political and military control using the popular card system from Avalon Hill’s We The People. A second set of Battle Cards are used when two armies meet on the battlefield. To secure victory, players need to dominate both the military and political fronts.
The Kickstarter for Hannibal & Hamilcar will start April 19, 2017.
Wizkids seems to be all about the hype train as of late with the teasing of a new DnD Adventure game, and now it’s a new Dice Masters set. This new set will be set in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons and Dragons. It will have all new spells, adventurers, and monsters, plus a new draft pack format to allow for tournament play. Each pack will come with enough cards and dice that when two packs are put together, you have everything you need for a game. Look for this new set to appear on store shelves in September of this year.
Bushiroad, known for other TCGs like CardFight!! Vanguard, are getting ready to release a new TCG designed by Mike Elliot called Dragonborne – Rise to Supremacy. What makes this game interesting beyond the setting and art is that dice are being introduced to enhance in-game effects. You will be able to use the dice to defend your forts, strengthen your units, or enhance your spells, making them better. You can check out more on Dragonborne’s Facebook page, and look forward to it’s release in August of this year.
Last, IDW Games is reprinting a highly rated abstract strategy game called Torres. In Torres you are the sons of the king, vying for prestige in order to be crowned the next ruler of the land. To do that you will need to rebuild the kingdom with the most impressive castle you can. In the game you will use action points to build up your castle, but you have to not only build it tall, but also spread it out across the land. Plus you will also be playing cards and placing knights to help earn you points, and whoever has the most at the end is the winner. Look for this game on store shelves in August.
Level 99 Games has started a Kickstarter Campaign for the second season of Exceed, themed to Seventh Cross. Exceed, released last year from D. Brad Talton, Jr. (BattleCON series of games), is a 2 player card game mimicking the arcade-style one-on-one fighter game experience. The original Exceed covered 16 characters from Jasco Games‘ Red Horizon Universe. Exceed Season 2 adds another 16 characters, this time from an original 1920’s macabre/horror setting, which will be the setting for a future rogue-like exploration board game. Exceed Season 2 is offering 4 standalone boxes, each containing 4 characters and over 120 cards.
The Kickstarter Campaign for Exceed Season 2 continues through April 30, and is expected to deliver in November 2017.
Aeon’s End, from Action Phase Games, found fast popularity in 2016 as an excellent co-op deck-building game. Now it has a standalone expansion on the way which has surpassed it’s funding on Kickstarter. War Eternal adds a variety of similar, but different, content including new mages, new nemeses, and a bunch of cards. There’s also a healthy amount of extra content available, including a small expansion, The Void, an accessory pack, and an upgrade pack for the original game. As described via the campaign page:
“Featuring a number of innovative mechanisms, including a variable turn order system that simulates the chaos of an attack and deck management rules that require careful planning, War Eternal can be played alone or combined with other Aeon’s End content for a game experience like no other. “
Like all deck-building games, Aeon’s End will not shy away from more cards to keep the game fresh, but the dynamic use of nemeses and their respective cards means that any additional content will have inherently more mileage than typical expansions within the genre. Fans of the game have a lot of incentive to back the project now, given the very welcome accessory pack and the upgrade kit. Even if you don’t own the original game, the standalone nature of War Eternal gives an easy and attractive entry point for anyone interested in a new and well-received cooperative experience. For more information, visit the campaign page and keep tabs on the ever growing list of unlocked stretch goals and updates.
We all know some roll and write games, Dice Stars, Can’t Stop Express, OctoDice, and more, each with minimal theme and lots of dice throwing. Well Nevermore Games thought that was a waste, and so they teamed up with Jason Tagmire of Button Shy Games to launch The Spiel Press. What they hope to do with this new label is produce premium roll and write games that will have a lot more theme and more replay value with legacy type elements. Each book, yes book, will have dozens of pages of full color game sheets to play on, and when you finish playing the game you can move to another page to play again. But in a legacy type fashion, the games before will affect the games after, making changes to the play area and giving you a new experience. In the first book, Blood Royals, this means the political map of the game will change as different factions fight. In the second book, Star Maps, this means the map you play on will change and evolve as you explore the galaxy.
Both of these sounds like great ideas and hopefully the execution is as high quality as they are making it sound. You can head over to The Spiel Press’s introduction page to read more about it, and then look forward to future Kickstarters for these books coming this summer.
Outwit your friends, avoid foul creatures, and build 3 houses before any else in this beautiful game by Druid City Games. In The Grimm Forest you play the niece or nephew of one of the 3 Little Pigs and compete to build 3 houses made of straw, wood, or brick.
During the Gather Phase, players will secretly pick a location of the Grimm Forest to travel to in order to get resources needed to build their houses. If another Pig goes to your location, you evenly split the resources with them. If you’re there alone, you get all of the resources to yourself.
Next is the Build Phase, where players perform two of three available actions. They can spend their resources to build a section of a house (foundation, walls, or roof), take one resource from the bank, or take a Fable card to use during a future Gather phase. The Fable cards can summon monsters to mess with your opponents, allow you to steal resources from others, gain extra actions for the build phase, and more. A famous fairytale friend (Cinderella, Goldilocks, Robin Hood, Snow White, Rumplestiltskin, etc.) can also be called upon to help you in your building efforts by granting you powerful, permanent abilities.
The game contains gorgeous artwork, beautifully sculpted miniatures, and nifty components. The easy rules and familiar characters will appeal to children while the strategy, deduction, and player-reading will have adults scratching their chinny chin chin game after game! The Grimm Forest supports 2-4 players and has a playtime of 40-60 minutes. For more details and to back their campaign, visit The Grimm Forest Kickstarter page.
Academy Games, known for their excellent and historically accurate games, is Kickstarting their latest offering, 878 Vikings – Invasions of England. This is an area control game similar to their other war games where the invading armies of the Vikings are striking at the heart of England. The game plays 2 to 4 players with one side being the English nobles defending their country, and the other side playing the Vikings trying to pillage the countryside. You will play cards to move your troops, invade different areas or the board, build forts, or place out more troops. After a while players will have the option to call for the Treaty of Wedmore, which will end the game, and whoever controls more land at that point will be the winner.
The Kickstarter has flown through the stretch goals unlocking more cards, miniatures for the armies instead of cubes, wooden card holders and more. They are also offering multiple add-ons you can pledge for in the form of their other games, expansions for 878 Vikings, and limited edition figures. Needless to say if you are interested in historical games, or games featuring vikings, check out their Kickstarter page today.
Scott Pilgrim is a popular graphic novel series that was released back in 2004 that still enjoys popularity today, mostly due to characters and situations readers can relate to. So now in 2017, Renegade Games along with the publisher of the comic, Oni Press, are creating a deck building game based on the franchise. The game is called Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game, and is a deck building game all about making different choices as you live your life. You will be able to play different characters from the comic and each one will have a different starting deck, giving you some variability between players. Then as you build your deck and fill out your plot line, you will decide how you want to handle situations, either like an adult, or with typical video game violence. This effect is accomplished by all the cards being double sided, with each side corresponding to a way to handle that situation. Will you be able to defeat all the evil ex’s and win over Ramona’s heart?
You can find out this summer when the game is released, and until then you can check out the preview on Renegade Games’ site.
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